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INTRODUCTION I have always liked reading the book of Esther because she was beautiful intelligent and delivers the Jews of Persia from destruction She was in fact one of my biblical heroes as I was growing up and I just admired her so much However it was few years ago when I had came across a comic book written on the history of Armenia The story wasnt politically correct but it was quite interesting One of the princesses of Armenia was sent off to Persia to married the king of Persia It was the story of Vashti told from her side and it triggered me to think in a broader perspective Many people often overlook Vashti because nothing much is said about a woman who had disobeyed the king She is basically out of the picture by the end of the first chapter of the Book I remember my first impression of Vashti was that of a rude and undisciplined woman I thought it was only natural that she was punished for disobeying the king and the moral learned was to not disobey your elders or your boss After encountering that comic book I begun to think differently about the story of Vashti What was the real story Therefore I wanted to know more of the Queen Vashti What was her reason for refusing the king Why did the king punish her so severely DEMARCATION The passage which I have selected is Esther 110-15 This is the part where the incident takes place Actually 110-22 is known to be the dethronement of Vashti however since our requirement was maximum of 5 verses I have decided to cut off the passage where the people of the court question what to do with the Queen for not obeying the King In Masoretic Hebrew form 110-22 is marked as the Vashtis refusal on the seventh day The story of dethronement of Vashti begins
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